Petraeus Mounts NEW Strategy
Petraeus Mounts Strategy Review
Team to Focus On Afghanistan, Wider Region
Thursday, October 16, 2008; Page A12
Gen. David H. Petraeus has launched a major reassessment of U.S. strategy for Afghanistan,Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and the surrounding region, while warning that the lack of development and the spiraling violence in Afghanistan will probably make it "the longest campaign of the long war."
The 100-day assessment will result in a new campaign plan for the Middle East and Central Asia, a region in which Petraeus will oversee the operations of more than 200,000 American troops as the new head of U.S. Central Command, beginning Oct. 31.
The review will formally begin next month, but experts and military officials involved said Petraeus is already focused on at least two major themes: government-led reconciliation of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the leveraging of diplomatic and economic initiatives with nearby countries that are influential in the war.
Internet Anthropologist Think Tank has learned,